How to Wear a Hair Comb

One of my favorite wedding day hair accessories is the hair comb. A hair comb is a subtle, simple, and elegant way to dress up your ‘do, whether worn up or down. If you’re wondering how to wear a hair comb, which hairstyle works best with hair combs, or how to keep it secure, you’ve come to the right place. In this post, we’ll uncover hair comb secrets, show you eight hair comb hairstyles to inspire your look, and we’ll share some vintage-inspired hair combs. And, once you know how to wear one, you’ll want to try it out… right? We’re also giving away a FREE hair comb to one lucky reader by the always-inspiring Marolsha. Let’s get started…

How to Wear a Hair Comb (hair accessory by Tessa Kim, photo by Candice Benjamin)

hair accessory by tessa kim, photo by candice benjamin

A hair comb typically has metal prongs to secure into one’s hairstyle. A hair comb can be used to attach to a larger hair accessory (as seen above) or as a stand-alone hair accessory. Hair combs are often vintage-inspired and feature elements such as rhinestones, pearls, crystals, feathers, or floral embellishments.

How to Wear a Hair Comb - pink hair comb by Marolsha

by marolsha

How to Wear a Hair Comb

Updo’s or thick hair

If you have a strong base such as an updo, bun, chignon, french twist, or thick hair to begin with, the prongs of your hair comb should ‘lock’ into place easily.

Hair down hairstyles

Prefer loose curls? Wearing your hair down? Have fine or thin hair? Wearing a braid? You can still wear a hair comb: just add a few accessories to keep it in place. Gather a section of your hair in one of these elastics and push the hair comb prongs into the ‘ponytail’ above the elastic. Or, use bobby pins or snap clips to keep the comb in place. (Make sure any clips or pins are the color of your hair and well-hidden.) If using bobby pins, place them in an ‘X’ shape for extra security. And, make sure your hair comb isn’t too heavy. Always consult your hairstylist to see if he or she can accommodate your hairstyle with your selected hair comb. Always do a run-through first to make sure you love the hairstyle before the big day.

Hair Comb Hairstyles

To inspire your perfect hair comb infused look, consider one of these gorgeous hairstyles.

How to Wear a Haircomb - Hair Comb Hairstyles


1 | by gertie baxter
2, 5 & 6 | by
tessa kim; photos by candice benjamin
3 | via anne barge from the knot
4 | hair comb by jennifer behr via pinterest
7 | by sibo designs
8 | comb by erica koesler via the knot

Vintage-Inspired Hair Combs

How to Wear a Hair Comb - vintage-inspired hair combs by Marolsha

by marolsha

Win a Hair Comb

Now that you have an idea of how to wear a hair comb (+ hair comb hairstyles), enter for a chance to win one! You could win the gorgeous antiqued rose hair comb (shown in the image below) by Marolsha. Enter between 7.24 and 7.30.13 (11:59pm EST) for your chance to win. Use entry form below.

How to Wear a Hair Comb - antiqued rose hair comb by Marolsha

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Happy Planning!


Now it’s your turn: what type of hair accessory will you wear?

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July 29, 2013 11:08 pm

Love the Blush Soft Baby Pink Flower comb

July 29, 2013 9:54 pm

I really like the Large Cream Ivory Rose, Maroon Red, Brown, Pearl, Brass Leaf Flower Wedding Comb. It is very pretty and I love the colors.

July 29, 2013 7:33 pm

I love the pearl combs

Chicago Wedding DJ
July 29, 2013 3:42 pm

I love hair pins!! Especially when they are something “blue.” Great advice for brides to try their hairstyle out ahead of time, I would hate to see something go wrong the day of. Awesome blog!!

Angela F.
July 29, 2013 12:52 pm

Loving the FreshWater Button Pearl, Shabby Chic,
Vintage Style Art Nouveau Hair Comb. Pearl Wedding Clip. Bridesmaids
Gift. Metal Filigree Haircomb.

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